DOD - Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown - December 31, 2003


DoD Identifies Army Casualties


Date : Wednesday, December 31, 2003

(ArriveNet - Dec 31, 2003) --  DoD Identifies Army Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of seven soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on Jan. 29, 2004, west of Ghazni, Afghanistan. The seven soldiers and an additional soldier, whose status is currently being listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown, were working around a weapons cache when there was an explosion.

Three other soldiers and an interpreter were injured and evacuated to the 452nd Combat Support Hospital at Bagram Air Base. Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Shawn M. Clemens, 28, of Allegany, N.Y. Clemens was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Spc. Robert J. Cook, 24, of Sun Prairie, Wis. Cook was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Spc. Adam G. Kinser, 21, of Sacramento, Calif. Kinser was assigned to the 304th Psychological Operations Company, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Sacramento, Calif.

Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Mancini, 43, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mancini was assigned to the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Staff Sgt. James D. Mowris, 37, of Aurora, Miss. Mowris was assigned to the 805th Military Police Company, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Raleigh, N.C.

Spc. Justin A. Scott, 22, of Bellevue, Ky. Scott was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Sgt. Danton K. Seitsinger, 29, of Oklahoma City, Okla. Seitsinger was assigned to the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Broken Arrow, Okla.

The following Soldier is listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown:

Sgt. Benjamin L. Gilman, 28, of Meriden, Conn. Gilman was assigned to the 41st Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

The incident is under investigation -- Sergeant Benjamin L. Gilman -- KIA

SGT Benjamin L. Gilman, 28, of Meridan, Connecticutt. Gilman was one of eight Soldiers killed when a weapons cache prematurely exploded on January 29, 2004, in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Initially listed as missing, his remains were recovered on February 2, 2004. He was assi to Company A, 41st Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. God Bless...

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 Obituary - SGT Benjamin L. Gilman


Benjamin L. Gilman


GILMAN, Benjamin L. Sgt. Sgt. Benjamin L. Gilman, 28, beloved son of Edith R. Gilman, of Allan Court, Meriden, died Thursday, (January 29, 2004) due to an accidental explosion, while he and members of his unit were attempting to dispose of a weapons cache in Ghazni, in Afghanistan. Born in Meriden, May 21, 1975, Ben was a lifelong Meriden resident. A graduate of Orville H. Platt High School in Meriden, he had been employed by the Roy Rogers in the Westfield Shopping Mall in Meriden for several years, and had received awards for his volunteer work at the former Meriden-Wallingford Hospital. He enlisted in the US Army in 1996, and was serving as a Team Leader with the 41st Engineering Battalion, Headquarters Company, TF 2-87, the 10th Mountain Division, from August 5, 2003 to January 29, 2004, while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, post-humously, the Army Achievement Medal with Device, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal with Device, the Army Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal for Kosovo. He also held an Expert Badge with two Devices. Ben was and avid sports fan who's favorite teams were, the New York Yankees, the Chicago Bulls and the Denver Broncos. Besides his mother Edith, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Ruth A. Gilman of Tacoma, Wash., his aunt, Rose Miskar, his two uncles, Edward and Elmer Gilman, all of Washington, several cousins, and many close friends, including his Big Sister, Jean Moran, and her husband, Louis Pontacoloni and their children, Joe, Sam, Jon and Michaella Pontacoloni, all of Wethersfield. He was predeceased by maternal grandfather, William Gilman and an uncle, Henry Gilman. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services, with full military honors, on Saturday, February 14, in the First Congregational Church of East Haven, (The Old Stone Church), 251 Main St., East Haven, CT, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Karen Johnson, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be private. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Sgt. Benjamin L. Gilman Scholarship Fund, c/o Mayor's Office, City of Meriden, 142 East Main St., Meriden, CT 06450, or to the Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 6 Fairfield Boulevard, Wallingford, CT 06492. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main Street, Ext., Wallingford.

Published in the Hartford Courant on 2/11/2004.
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 Mother Says Son's Death Confirmed


Mother says son's death confirmed


MERIDEN, Conn. -- An Army sergeant from Meriden who had been presumed killed in an accidental explosion in Afghanistan is now confirmed dead, his mother told the Record-Journal of Meriden on Monday.

Sgt. Benjamin L. Gilman, who was assigned to the 41st Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y., was one of eight soldiers killed Thursday when a cache of mortar rounds and rifle ammunition exploded near Ghazni, about 90 miles southwest of Kabul. He was 28.

Military officials, who believe the explosion was an accident, said it was the military's worst ever loss of life in Afghanistan. The soldiers were preparing the weapons for disposal when one or more of them detonated.

Edie Gilman said a soldier came to her house Thursday night to tell her that her son, who was her only real family, was missing.

"I told the soldier after he read the letter, 'I have nothing. How can I be without nothing?' I am alone now," Gilman told the newspaper. She said the military confirmed her son's death for her Monday. The military did not officially confirm his death Monday.

Gilman's status was changed from missing to presumed dead on Saturday.

"Parts of me are gone, literally," Edie Gilman said, cupping her mouth as she cried and reached for tissues.

With her son gone, there is no one to take down the Christmas tree any more. She would leave the tree up every year until her son returned home on leave. Even if his leave was during the summer, the tree would still be there, waiting for Benjamin to take it apart, Edie Gilman said Monday in her Meriden apartment.

The tabletop tree, neatly decorated with ornaments, was still standing in a corner of the living room Monday. Many of the ornaments have Benjamin Gilman's name on them.

Edie Gilman sent her son a similar tabletop tree and a strand of 100 lights just before the holidays.

"I don't think she'll ever be able to take that down," said Benjamin Gilman's longtime friend, Jean Moran.

Edie Gilman, 51, said she is proud to call her son a hero and not shy in saying she raised him well as a single mother.

Since her son's death, she has remained calm when fielding the overwhelming number of calls and visits by her son's friends. She has received calls from people she doesn't even know, many of them the wives or mothers who have relatives serving overseas. She is overwhelmed by the support she has received.

Mother and son talked briefly on the phone early last week. The last item she received from her son was a Christmas card in December.

He wrote in the card: "You are the person that keeps me going. You brought me into a cynical world and taught me everything that makes me the man I am today. I love you for that. I just hope I can keep it up.

"Even though you are my mother, you are my best friend in the entire world. You mean everything to me. I appreciate everything you have done for me. Now it's my turn to try and do everything for you. I love you Mommy!! I want you to have a wonderful and safe holiday. You will most definitely be in my thoughts and prayers. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year Mom. Love 4 eternity your son, Ben."



 Memorial Ceremony To Honor Fallen Fort Drum Soldiers


Memorial Ceremony To Honor Fallen Fort Drum Soldiers

Fort Drum will hold a memorial ceremony today at 3 PM to honor the soldiers who have fallen in the war on terrorism.

The ceremony, hosted by Major General Lloyd Austin, will be held at the Fort Drum memorial Statue. It will include a reading of the names of the 34 Fort Drum soldiers who have given their lives in defense of their nation. The ceremony will also include an artillery battery salute and a performance by the 10th Mountain Division Band.

Following is the list of the soldiers to be honored:

Spc. Chad E. Fuller

Pfc. Adam L. Thomas

Pfc. Evan W. O’Neill

2nd Lt. Richard Torres

Pfc. Kerry D. Scott

Sgt. Maj. Phillip Albert

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brain D. Hazelgrove

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Patrick Dorff

1st Lt. Adam G. Mooney

Staff Sgt. Shawn M. Clemens

Spc. Robert J. Cook

Spc. Justin A. Scott

Sgt. Benjamin L. Gilman

2nd Lt. Seth Dvorin

Sgt. Nicholes D. Golding

Staff Sgt. Anthony S. Lagman

Sgt. Michael J. Esposito, Jr.

Pfc. Richard H. Rosas

Pfc. James L. Lambert

Sgt. Christopher A. Wagner

Sgt. Dale T. Lloyd

Pfc. Charles C. Persing

Spc. Brandon T. Titus

Pfc. Henry C. Risner

Sgt. Brandon E. Adams

Pfc. David L. Waters

Spc. Brian K. Baker

Spc. Jeff Lebrun

Spc. Dwayne J. McFarlane, Jr.

Sgt. Lindsey T. James

1st Lt. Adam Malson

Spc. Darren A. Deblanc

Pvt. Charles S. Cooper, Jr.

Sgt. Kurt D. Schamberg